chad ochocinco, Mr. 85

In an effort to improve my crossword writing technique and learn about things outside my ken . . . I decided to join a football pool. Each week when I call in my pick, I expect to be drop-kicked out of the pool by the following Monday.

But it’s strange . . . it’s Week Four I’m still in, having survived a close call with San Diego last week. Whew.

Thank God I picked the Patriots two weeks ago and not last week.  Total dumb luck, but I’ll take the win. Of all the players, it was the fiery wide receiver Chad Ochocinco who caught my eye. His jersey number is mystically, appropriately, weirdly . . . 85.  OCHO/CINCO . . . mmm?

After some Googling, all was clear: how thoughtful of Chad to change his name from JOHNSON to OCHOCINCO, to help me remember his jersey number. I love that crosswords require a knowledge of Spanish, French and German numbers.  OCHO/CINCO = EIGHT/FIVE. Got it.

The football world is rich with great crossword QBs:

There’s Giants quarterback Eli UNOCERO.  Mark SEIS, of the Jets. And the amazing Tom UNODOS of the Patriots.

Tomorrow’s pick? Green Bay.  I’m betting on Aaron UNODOS (no relation to Tom) and the defensive line to stay alive in the pool. Go Packers!

Football poolers, what are your Week Four picks?


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9 Responses to chad ochocinco, Mr. 85

  1. Mike Torch says:

    Liz –

    I am in a death pool or suicide pool, depending on what you call it. I too survived last week with San Diego. This week I have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Monday night.

    • elizabeth says:

      Hi Mike! What’s a death or suicide pool? I wonder if that’s what I’m in. I couldn’t make much sense of the spreads, so I joined the type of pool in which you pick a winner, regardless of the spread. Whew, we really eked out that Chargers’ win last week. Good luck with the Bucs tomorrow . . . I’ll be rooting for you!

      • Mike Torch says:

        Death or suicide pool is the name for what you are in. Each week you pick a team to win. As long as you pick a winner you stay in the pool for the following week. Some pools allow you to pick the same team in multiple weeks. Others, like the one I am in require that you can’t pick a team once you have “used” them. I am not sure of the origin of Death or Suicide Pool. Although, in essence since you are making the pick you are potentially “killing” your chances. It is a game of attrition.

  2. elizabeth says:

    Ah, I get it. Death is swift and irreversible. My pool is like yours — I can pick each team only once. That makes things interesting for the survivors. The pool makes Sunday and Monday nights extra-ordinary . . . never thought I’d get into all this NFL stuff, but I’m liking it . . . esp. in HD. Good luck tonight! 🙂

  3. KarmaSartre says:

    Wasn’t Clint Eastwood in a Death Pool?

    • elizabeth says:

      Karma, I loved “The Dead Pool.” What a cast — Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson and Patricia Clarkson. Fantastic.

  4. Mike Torch says:


    Close. Clint Eastwood was in “The Dead Pool”

  5. Joanne says:

    haha I know NOTHING about football but I love that you’re participating in one of these pools in order to improve your crossword skills. So ironic.

    • elizabeth says:

      Ironic is the word . . . I’m afraid of becoming obsessed by football and radio sports talk. The last thing I need is another obsession …. 🙂

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